Cold surge likely to bring sporadic rainfall: weather bureau
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The first cold surge in Taiwan this winter is expected to arrive tomorrow and last through next Monday with temperatures dipping to around 10-11 degrees Celsius in Taipei and to just 8 degrees in some coastal regions in Northern Taiwan.
December 29, 2012, 12:05 am TWN
The Central Weather Bureau suggested people wear rain gear when engaging in outdoor activities because there will also be an increased chance for sporadic rainfall during the four-day holiday.
The weather bureau defines a cold surge as when the temperature in Taipei falls to 10 degrees or lower.
A significant drop in temperature will be felt from late Sunday and early Monday morning as the mercury is predicted to slide to only 11 degrees from around 15 degrees during the day in the capital city.
The temperature is expected to fall even lower to 8 degrees in wide-open coastal areas in Northern Taiwan, the bureau added.
The high humidity could bring snow to some high peaks on the island.
Temperatures from today to Monday are likely to hover around 10-14 degrees in Northern Taiwan, compared with the ranges of 11-17 and 12-20 degrees in central and southern areas respectively, according to the bureau.
The mercury is forecast to edge up again from late Monday for a warmer New Year's Day on Jan. 1. There will be a chance of clear skies to allow people to see the sunrise in northern parts of the island and on offshore islands on the first day of 2013, the bureau said.
This winter season in Taiwan is expected to be colder and drier than usual due to lower-than-average sea temperatures near the island, said the CWB.
Off the East Coast of Taiwan, sea temperatures will be below average, in contrast to the warmer waters east of the Philippines, said Cheng Ming-dean, director of CWB's Weather Forecast Center.
This pattern could imply a slightly colder-than-usual winter until March, especially in Northern and Northeastern Taiwan, based on previous observations, Cheng said.
For the month of January, temperatures in Northern Taiwan will mostly range from 15.7 to 16.7 degrees with precipitation between 60.9 and 104.3 millimeters.
In the south of Taiwan Proper, the mercury will likely hover between 18.8 and 19.8 degrees, with rainfall averaging 2.9-17.4 mm in the first month of the year.